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Belgian Pro League | Gameweek 19
Feb 2, 2022 at 5.45pm UK
Guldensporenstadion
RA

Kortrijk
0 - 2
Antwerp


Torp (57'), Belhocine (69'), D'Haene (70')
Kadri (68')
FT(HT: 0-1)
Samatta (18'), Gerkens (90+1')
Dessoleil (59')
Verstraete (10')

Preview: Kortrijk vs. Royal Antwerp - prediction, team news, lineups

:Headline: Preview: Kortrijk vs. Royal Antwerp - prediction, team news, lineups:
Sports Mole previews Sunday's Belgian Pro League clash between Kortrijk and Royal Antwerp, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.
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On Sunday, Kortrijk will look to win their fourth consecutive league game when they welcome Royal Antwerp to the Guldensporen Stadion.

Meanwhile, third-placed Antwerp will be aiming to continue their promising run of form after losing just once in their last five league games.


Match preview

After playing their last three competitive matches away from home, Kortrijk will return to familiar surroundings this weekend as they look to continue a run of positive results after losing just once in their last nine league games.

Last weekend, an Ante Palaversa effort and a Faiz Selemani spot-kick guided Kortrijk to a 2-0 victory away to RFC Seraing.

Although, the home dressing room will be slightly downbeat after exiting the Belgian Cup at the quarter-finals stage following a disappointing 3-0 away defeat against Anderlecht.

Karim Belhocine may have been frustrated with his side's performance in midweek, but he will be pleased with Kortrijk's efforts in the league, having accumulated 31 points from their 20 games - they look set to pass last season's 39 point tally with ease.

Resolute defensive performances have been key this season, with Kortrijk keeping seven clean sheets so far this term - only Union SG have more shutouts to their name.

As for Antwerp, they have finished in the top four in the last three seasons and that run looks set to continue this term.

Sunday's visitors enter the fixture in third place and they will look to extend their current unbeaten away run to four games in all competitions.

In their last outing, Antwerp salvaged a point against Genk in the 82nd minute thanks to Viktor Fischer's equaliser, which cancelled out Paul Onuachu's opener.

Like their opponents, they have also defended admirably after keeping six clean sheets this season, with three of those resulting from away fixtures.

After losing only two of their last nine away league games, Brian Priske will be confident that his side can pick up at least a point on Sunday.

Kortrijk Belgian Pro League form:
  • D
  • D
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W

Kortrijk form (all competitions):
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L

Royal Antwerp Belgian Pro League form:
  • L
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D

Royal Antwerp form (all competitions):
  • W
  • W
  • W
  • L
  • W
  • D

Team News

The hosts are expected to be without the services of Eric Ocansey and Rachid Alioui due to injury issues.

Pape Habib Gueye is also out injured, with the forward expected to be absent until February.

Although Dylan Mbayo began last weekend's encounter against Seraing on the bench, he started the cup tie in midweek and is expected to retain his place for Sunday's contest.

As for the visitors, they will have to cope without Ritchie De Laet, who will miss the game due to suspension.

De Laet's absence could mean that Jelle Bataille moves over to right-back, while Sam Vines is expected to come into the left-back spot.

Michel Frey has scored 15 league goals this term, and he will look to add to that tally when he leads the line at the weekend.

Kortrijk possible starting lineup:
Ilic; Dewaele, Sainsbury, Radovanovic, D'Haene; Vandendriessche, Palaversa, Kadri; Mbayo, Selemanie, Badamosi

Royal Antwerp possible starting lineup:
Butez; Bataille, Engles, Almeida, Vine; Yusuf, Verstraete, Fischer; Benson, Balikwisha, Frey


We say: Kortrijk 1-2 Royal Antwerp

Royal Antwerp have fared well in recent away games against Kortrijk, winning their last three away games against Sunday's opponents, and we think that they will collect another victory at the weekend.



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Premier League Table
TeamPWDLFAGDPTS
Championship Round
1CharleroiCharleroi65103752-1545
2KortrijkKortrijk62132967-3831
RRWD MolenbeekRWDM62133976-3730
REupenEupen61142966-3728
Championship Round
CClub BruggeBrugge1073083354850
2Union SGUnion SG1042480433749
3Anderlecht1042470422846
4Genk1041559481137
5Cercle BruggeCercle Brugge1034357471037
6Royal AntwerpAntwerp1020862451732
Conference League Play-off Group
1GentGent1080280483248
2MechelenMechelen105145952739
3Sint-Truiden103434961-1233
4Leuven104334659-1330
5Westerlo102355974-1524
6Standard Liege100554568-2322
 
Regular Season
1Union SGUnion SG30217263313270
2Anderlecht30189358302863
3Royal AntwerpAntwerp301410655272852
CClub BruggeBrugge30149762293351
5Genk301211751312047
6GentGent301211753381547
7Cercle BruggeCercle Brugge301451144341047
8MechelenMechelen30136113934545
9Sint-Truiden301010103546-1140
10Standard Liege30810123341-834
11Westerlo3079144254-1230
12Leuven3078153447-1329
13CharleroiCharleroi3078152648-2229
REupenEupen3073202458-3424
15KortrijkKortrijk3066182257-3524
RRWD MolenbeekRWDM3058173167-3623
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